Realme is doing very well in India when OPPO introduced the new sub brand early last year. OPPO’s first intention for Realme is to introduce affordable smartphones for the Indian market, one of the largest in the world. Their popularity has reached the Philippine market and late last year, Realme entered the local market with the Realme C1. During the launch, we were able to win a Realme 2 Pro from a raffle. So, we decided to review it although folks at Realme PH is not bringing the phone here. Let’s read on!
Realme 2 Pro specs:
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 ptovcessor
- Adreno 512 graphics
- 6GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 6.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 16 MP (f/1.8 aperture) + 2MP (depth sensor) rear facing camera
- 16 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock
- GPS, A-GPS
- 3,500 mAh battery
- Android 9.1 Oreo
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The Realme 2 Pro shares some design cues with its cousin, the OPPO F9 especially that waterdrop screen design and plastic build. We just noticed it has a more boxy and thicker body as compared with the slender and slim body of the OPPO F9. We do love this light blue color which we never seen this kind of shade in a smartphone before. It is actually so pleasing with the eye. The build is actually made of plastic which we prefer over glass. Its more durable and less prone to breaking.
As for the display, it is quite bright and fairly colorful. Sunlight legibility is acceptable though it is not the best for outdoor use. We do prefer the waterdop notch over those annoying notches we see on other phones. (ehem, iPhone)
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The Realme 2 Pro runs ColorOS 5.2, OPPO’s thick layer of user interface over Android 8.1 Oreo. If you have used an OPPO smartphone before, it will be very familiar to you. Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with either 4, 6, or 8GB of RAM. We have the 6GB/64GB ROM variant. Overall performance is very smooth and gaming experience has been very breezy too.
When it comes to software updates, well, OPPO is not that keen on updating their phones to the latest Android version. Instead, the company updates their own skin, ColorOS, to the new version. We are not sure if Realme will do the same with their phones so only time can tell.
Realme has done a great job with the cameras of the Realme 2 Pro. We were very impressed with the shots we got from them especially the selfies. We just find the night shots a bit over sharpened but acceptable.
Here are some of our sample photos:
The Realme 2 Pro is a great phone but folks from Realme PH said it won’t be coming to the Philippines which is a shame. The reason is it lacks LTE bands that we use here such as Band 28 (700Mhz). Both Globe and Smart has this frequency and we think Realme does not want to ruin your LTE experience. But based on our experience, we have our Smart SIM inserted and we get pretty good LTE coverage in the places we go to. We believe that LTE wont work in places where the two telcos placed only Band 28.
We were quite impressed with the Realme 2 Pro’s battery performance. We consider the 3,500 mAh battery to be above average. On our daily grind, we managed to be 5 hours of screen on time with 23% juice to spare.
The Realme 2 Pro could be a strong contender in the local smartphone market. Great build, impressive cameras and a smooth ColorOS experience. All these goodness for only 13,990 Indian Rupees or Php 10,500 which is really a great deal. Its a shame it can’t be sold here.
For now, we have the Realme C1 which is the only available Realme phone available here. If you want a more powerful phone, maybe you can wait for the Realme U1 which is rumored to be coming here.
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